Youth Leadership Forum 

Arkansas Governor's Commission on People with Disabilities LogoYouth Leadership Forum is an annual five-day project hosted by Arkansas Rehabilitation Services for senior high school aged students with disabilities learn leadership skills and have some fun while learning in a college like atmosphere.


Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe (center) met with YLF students, staff
and sponsors at the state capitol in Little Rock July 18, 2013

Sponsored by Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and the Governor's Commission on People with Disabilities


YLF is an annual, five-day conference where high school-aged students with disabilities learn about transition, leadership skills, independent living experiences and some fun in a college-like atmosphere. Being chosen to attend is a competitive selection process.

Well supervised by ARS and Governor's Commission staff, the students who are selected to attend learn about disability rights and the fundamentals of advocacy, experience the latest in assistive technology, and learn such independent living skills as writing a résumé, how to do a job interview by role playing, budgeting and money control. YLF also deals with contemporary topics such as bullying and being on social media.

Delegates tour the Arkansas State Capitol and meet top state officials before the annual Mentor's Luncheon.

There's fun too, with after-hours activities and a dance among the week’s highlights at YLF.

The deadline has been extended to May 30, 2014. 

E-mail any questions you might have to or call 501-296-1637 or toll free 800-330-0632.

YLF 2014 Brochure

YLF 2014 Application

YLF Flyer